This role involves managing different health-related IT projects, which most recently involved the deployment of an application used in the clinical documentation and surveillance of tuberculosis (TB) cases in British Columbia, the Yukon, and participating First Nations communities.
This project involved documenting clinical encounters for TB treatment, the data from which could then be used by the BCCDC for health surveillance. While challenging, this provided Brian with the opportunity to interact with nurses, doctors and other healthcare providers who worked together to protect communities from the disease and care for those affected.
He was particularly impressed by the empathy of the front line nurses in their treatment of individuals affected by the disease, who were often from marginalized communities.
His work has led to some interesting experiences, including leading the relocation of the Provincial Drug and Poison Information Centre to the BCCDC.
Having grown up watching public service announcements about poison responses, Brian says it was interesting coming to understand what went on behind the scenes, and the level of skill and specialities required in the consulting nurses and physicians.